Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)

Middle eastern desserts from centuries ago did not require many ingredients to create a rich yet healthful treat. Some desserts did not even require an oven, like the sweet Iraqi snack called “Madgooga”, also known as “Madkooka”. Madgooga is basically an Arab style energy bar, comprised of natural yet decadent tasting  ingredients like mejdool dates…… Continue reading Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)

How to Make Halva (Halawa) 3 Flavors!

Yes it’s the time of year for pumpkin spice everything, and I love every bit of it! If you have been following my videos long enough, you know I love to combine Arabic traditions with an American twist, and today is no exception. Halawa means “sweet” in Arabic, and this sesame confection called halawa is…… Continue reading How to Make Halva (Halawa) 3 Flavors!

MANAKISH: MIDDLE EASTERN ZA’ATAR FLATBREAD!

Back in 1997, I visited the town of Ramallah in the West Back to do volunteer work. I stayed at a Catholic convent, which also happened to be an orphanage. Every morning I would smell the nutty and fragrant za’atar spice, baking on fresh homemade bread called “manakish.” To this day when manakish are baking…… Continue reading MANAKISH: MIDDLE EASTERN ZA’ATAR FLATBREAD!